Leery in Levant

How many Syrians have died in the protests against the Assad syndicate? After a moment with Google my best estimate is “lots.” But the protestors aren’t giving up:

AMMAN – Protesters took to the streets across Syria on Monday to denounce a speech by President Bashar Assad which they claim did not meet popular demands for sweeping political change, activists and witnesses said.

“No to dialogue with murderers,” chanted 300 protesters in the Damascus suburb of Irbin, a witness told Reuters by telephone, with the slogans echoing in the background.

Assad puts the blame for the unrest on the usual suspects — conspirators and saboteurs — but nobody’s buying that.

You’ve got to admire their courage, there in the streets of Damascus. But you’ve also got to dread the end result, no matter which side wins.